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New hybrid leads lineup

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

If you were wondering why the new Pathfinder doesn't have a diesel option, now you know.

Honest Indian

Mahindra Genio ute

The least expensive proper working ute in NZ looks like a useful entrant in our burgeoning workhorse market.

VW to build Beetle Dune

VW Dune Buggy revealed

Retro hatch pays tribute to bygone bug culture.

Amarok facelift on the way

VW Amarok ute

As the countdown begins towards the first full facelift of the VW Amarok ute, some special editions have started to arrive.

The many styles of SUV

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From those who need to go off-road to those who just want a bit of extra height, SUVs have something for everyone.

Be winter driving savvy

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Being careful in winter conditions is common sense, but you'd be surprised how stupid some drivers can be.

Tiger burns bright

Porsche Macan

The least expensive Porsche is going to be a huge money-spinner for the brand.

Edge over the Territory

2015 Ford Edge

First look and technical details for the SUV that will replace the Ford Territory.

Is an SUV for you?


Lighter SUVs are able to be used daily without imposing the large middle-size crossover or 4x4 on other traffic.

Turbo Trax on the way

Holden Trax

Holden's city SUV is set to get a turbocharged engine.

History of the SUV

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SUVs have existed since well before the name achieved common usage.

Cherokee gets streamlined

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A new fourth-generation Jeep Cherokee might have ''liquid'' upper-body styling, but it's still a rock-crusher underneath.

McLaren seeks pole on road

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In its quest to be as big as more familiar brands in the specialty performance car stakes, McLaren says it will never make or market an SUV.

New-look Navara on the way

 The new Nissan Navara

Nissan is set to take on Toyota's HiLux with an all-new Navara ute.

Ugly duckling no more


Nissan's new X-Trail may not be as recognisable as the first two models, but under the skin there's a whole lot more...

Plug in, turn on, drive off


Electric vehicle or hybrid? And what's it like to drive? Rob Maetzig takes the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV out on a weekend trip.

Grumpy Crumpy possible

Toyota HiLux SR5

The status of the Toyota Hilux as the best-selling utility in NZ is now under threat from Ford's award-winning Ranger.

Pint-size high-rise

Ford EcoSport

DAVE MOORE - The Press

Ford has joined the compact SUV fray with a its compelling Indian-built EcoSport.

Ute becomes portable party centre

Volkswagen has unveiled a customised version of its Amarok ute for Austria's Worthersee car festival.

Volkswagen has unveiled a customised version of its Amarok ute for Austria's Worthersee car festival.

Facelift is all under the skin

Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage has just been overhauled, with all the major change under the bonnet.

Golf cart

Volkswagen Golf wagon.

The load-bearing version of the 2013 World Car of the Year should be even better than the hatch on which it is based, right? Predictably, it is.

Ambitious Baby Benz

Mercedes-Benz GLA CDi

By including the GLA in its 2014 line-up Mercedes-Benz is hoping to turn its luxury sedan leadership into a range-wide affair.

Picasso people power

Citroen's brand-new Grand C4 Picasso is now on sale in New Zealand. Rob Maetzig and his photographer luxuriate in its front seats.

Yeah, Nah

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Jeep Wrangler could be called macho, red-blooded or even staunch - but stylish, no.

Luxurious SUV is 2WD

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More and more motorists are opting for the SUV style but don't want the all-wheel drive.

Room at the top

Range Rover Sport

In making the new Range Rover Sport such a complete vehicle this time around, Land Rover has ensured it will gain some new fans.

BMW's increasingly urbanised X5

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ROB MAETZIG - Taranaki Daily News

BMW's $129,000 X5 is a big vehicle, but an easy one to drive.

V40 crossing over to an XC future

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ROB MAETZIG - Taranaki Daily News

The Volvo V40 Cross Country isn't the kind of vehicle you'd want to take seriously cross-country, but it's a good hatch.

Nissan's bovver boy

Juke Ti-S

If the standard front-driven Nissan Juke is sprightly, then the new all-wheel drive turbo version can be called stroppy.

Murano makeover

Nissan Murano.

The ugly duckling in Nissan's flock of four-wheel drives has grown into a familiar-looking member of the family.

$1m caravan unveiled

Global Caravan Technologies CR-1 is expected to cost $1 million.

Carbon fibre holiday home built by Nasa, F1 engineers.

X-citing changes

Nissan X-Trail

The square-rigged X-Trail is no more with the new model now wearing Nissan's corporate suit.

The true family car

Citroen Grand Picasso

More seats and space than most will ever need makes this family holdall the current champion among people-movers.

Ute battle on a knife-Edge

Toyota Hilux SR5 V6

It speaks volumes about the state of New Zealand's new vehicle industry that four of the 10 best-sellers last year were utes.

Q for quick

Audi RS Q3

The first RS model in Audi's Q lineup of luxury SUVs has arrived and it is an invigorating performer.

Charge, drive, save

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV


Mitsubishi launches new Outlander plug-in hybrid electric SUV with the claim it will open a new chapter in NZ's automotive history.

First ute is 80

Ford utility

Loved by bushwhackers, cowboys and daily commuters the world over, the pickup truck or ute has been around for 80 years.

BMW's new couple-style SUV


BMW reveals its fifth SUV model, the X4.

More Merc (and less)

Mercedes-Benz GLA AMG.

It may not leap buildings in a single bound, but here's a vehicle that could appeal to an audience that never considered a Mercedes or an SUV before.

Highlander crosses over

Toyota Highlander

Unlike previous models, Toyota's full-sized SUV is now made in the US, as are most of the other seven-seaters out there.

Doing the Macan can

Porsche Macan.

A fifth model is about to be added to the Porsche fleet. It's the Macan, a vehicle Porsche is describing as the sports-car of the world's SUV segment.

'Radical' Defender on way

A 1948 Land-Rover being driven through the current factory test route almost 66 years on.

It appears a new Land Rover Defender is closing in on a release date.

VW joins mini SUV fray

Volkswagen Taigun

Already successful with its Touareg and Tiguan models, VW is introducing the Taigun, a small SUV based on its Polo platform.

At home on the Coast

Toyota Prado VX.

Of all New Zealand's regions, maybe it is remote West Coast that best suits SUVs. Rob Maetzig packs his fishing rod and heads there in a Toyota Prado.

Bushbashing days are gone

Nissan Pathfinder

PAUL OWEN - Sunday Star Times

Forget everything you know, and probably admire, about Nissan Pathfinders.

Every dog should have one

Suzuki S-Cross.

Timed well to join the small SUV flock, Suzuki's S-Cross could be the perfect pooch's choice.

Odd stroke of genuis

Mahindra XUV500 W8 4X4.

A fully equipped seven-seat SUV available for the price of a compact hatchback, what's not to like about the Mahindra XUV500?

A luxury feel

Holden's most luxurious Captiva strap

The tinkering with Holden's Captiva 5 SUV continues, and the big benefit is that the model keeps getting better and more luxurious.

Better car, better value

Subaru Outback.

Some pretty good things have been done to Subaru's Outback wagon in an effort to keep it relevant.

Electric Mitsi a game-changer

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi is about to turn the NZ new vehicle industry on its ear with launch of the world's first plug-in hybrid SUV.

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